Milestone Recovery of Portland, Maine, is a not for profit agency that has several offerings—including residential treatment, emergency shelter and detox—for those who are at risk of becoming homeless due to their addiction to drugs and alcohol. The main objective of Milestone Recovery is to provide an alternative option to incarceration or hospitals, which only offer short-term solutions, and restore clients’ dignity within a caring and warm environment.
Treatment and Staff
Oftentimes clients don’t come to the facility initially, but rather the staff seeks them out to let them know about the services. This is an operation known as HOME Team, which is an outreach and mobile treatment program. In most cases, the clients come to the 41 bed emergency shelter and receive meals, an opportunity to shower and the use of the laundry facilities. They are also offered counseling services.
From there they are able to receive additional help, like medical detox if necessary. The detox process typically lasts four to seven days and is facilitated by CNAs who are with them 24 hours a day. Offered to both men and women and accepting any Maine resident regardless of their financial situation, this program is operated by drug counselors who utilize psychoeducation, individual and group therapy, intervention and case management.
The longer term support program, the residential treatment, is six to nine months and available to men only. This track uses evidence-based modalities, the 12 steps and holistic approaches to treat clients who struggle with chronic relapse. The step-down from this program is the transitional housing facility where clients still attend groups on a regular basis and work towards getting their own homes with the help of staff.
Milestone Recovery is run by several clinical and medical staff members. This includes RNs, LCSWs, LADCs, medical doctors and volunteer support staff.
The primary mission of Milestone Recovery is to help others in need. Staff actually goes out to find those who are homeless and offer their services. They offer medical help, meals, shelter and mental health programming—all life saving resources for a majority of their clients. If everyone had the wherewithal to do what Milestone Recovery does, the world would be a much better place.
65 India St
Portland, ME 04101
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